John M. Becker

Pope Francis Preaches on Marriage, Conspicuously Omits Same-Sex Couples

Filed By John M. Becker | April 02, 2014 2:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, Marriage Equality
Tags: Catholic Church, marriage discrimination, omission, opposite marriage, Pope Francis, Roman Catholicism, Vatican City

pope-francis-marriage-homily-april2.jpgThis isn't remotely surprising, but it's worth noting: in an address to a crowd of about 45,000 pilgrims in St. Peter's Square today, Pope Francis extolled the virtues of opposite marriage, but conspicuously left same-sex couples out of the discussion. Via the Washington Post:

ope Francis stressed the importance of marriage between a man and a woman at his general audience at the Vatican on Wednesday (April 2), saying the two were united in "one flesh" as "icons of God's love."

"When a man and a woman celebrate the sacrament of marriage, God is reflected in them," the pontiff told an estimated 45,000 pilgrims who gathered in St. Peter's Square.

"As 'one flesh', they become living icons of God's love in our world, building up the Church in unity and fidelity," he said. "The image of God is the married couple -- not just the man, not just the woman, but both."

See how this works? Opposite-sex couples get to be "living icons of God's love;" same-sex couples have to settle for being a "scheme to destroy God's plan" and "real and dire anthropological throwback[s]." Makes sense, right?

Again, Francis's comments today are hardly surprising -- as I've noted over and over again, for all his nice-sounding words about LGBT people, Francis hasn't actually changed any of the Catholic Church's extremely anti-LGBT teachings.

I suppose today's mere omission of same-sex couples from a homily about marriage represents a nominal improvement from Francis's predecessor, Benedict XVI, who took great pains to publicly bash the marriages of same-sex couples. But can we please stop kidding ourselves that this guy is some kind of fabulous LGBT ally?

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